The browns are on the prowl... Photo: Todd Barber
The river looks good at Pine creek right now (8:00 AM 9/19) but we have some thick mud coming down from Gardiner already. Today will be fine but we may have to float way down low tomorrow, or float the Madison. The good news is the Madison has been fishing well and would be a good plan B the next few days. In the meantime the River has been fishing well and the browns are starting to chase better. Local and private lakes are also a good option this time of year. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Jeff Carder with a nice Fall colored brown. Photo: Hank Bechard
Another good looking specimen... Photo: Jeff Carder
It's streamer time!
Chris Hedgebeth and Chase with a nice one... Photo: Eric Lavender
The Yellowstone looks perfect in town...
We are thankful to have our first big rain in a long time! Yesterday fished well and there were a lot of baetis on the water with plenty of rising fish happy fish. Most of these were smaller fish, but a few bigger rainbows were looking at dries as well. Today looks like an even better day the yesterday to fish streamers, with a socked in sky and low hanging clouds for most the day. The Lamar did spike significantly and the river is already spiking up high. Today the best move would be to float from mid-valley down to be in good clear water. Tomorrow you may have to fish well below town to stay in the clearest water. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip, there should be some big fish caught during these cloudy days and after the plug comes through… 1-406-222-7130.
Jeff Crabbe and John with a nice Valley brown... Photo: Armand Haggarty
Panama Phil with a birthday brown!
The river has been a lot less crowded now that school is in session and people have been bow hunting and bird hunting. With cooler temperatures and clouds in the forecast the rest of the week it’s time to make sure your streamer box and baetis box are looking good. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 406-222-7130.
John Bond with another one... Photo: Silje
David Lamer reels one one for the team... Photo: JB
JB and Joel Doub of TMR with a nice one... Photo: JD
The cooler temps seem to be bringing the brown trout out. Stripping streamers has still been slow but dead drifting them has been working well. Hopper / dropper has been the most popular combo lately as some nice fish have been caught on nymph droppers. Give us a call to book a trip! 406-222-7130.
David Lamer, Sushi Paul, JB, and Nick Glass with a late evening brown...
John Bond on the brown beef cake... David Lamer
The cooler nighttime temperatures seem to have the bigger fish paying attention the last few days, something we have all been waiting for. With Fall just around the corner, we are anticipating the streamer bite to improve daily. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 406-222-7130.
Bernard Donges with a typical Yellowstone streamer eater... Photo: John Bond
Chase and West Peterson with the signature move... Photo: Erik Peterson
Bruce Gottlieb with one of several nice browns... Photo: Eric Paulson
The Yellowstone is still flowing and fishing well. At 2680 CFS, the Stone is still a couple hundred CFS above the 93 year average with temps ranging from 59-67 degrees daily. There are plenty of hoppers around and fish are eating them however we are starting to see some of the smarter fish nudging the hopper so be sure you don’t strike to early. A perfectly timed twitch has been the key to fooling these bigger fish on the hopper, or fishing a small nymph or dry behind the hopper. Ants and beetles have been working well, as have a variety of parachute patterns like the Purple Haze, Parachute Adams, and Hecuba drakes. There have been some caddis in the evenings as well if you are getting out afterwork or float later in the day…
Paulson with a chunky rainbow... Photo: Bruce Gottlieb
JG with a nice Carp from one of the lakes we fish. Photo: Steven Winkles
Local and private lakes continue to fish well. There have still been some solid Callibaetis hatches coming off, with some damsels, moths, and of course terrestrials. In the afternoon as water temps warm up nymphing has been the ticket, with a variety of different flies working well. If you’ve never gotten the chance to target carp in Montana September is one of the best months to go. While carp fishing is not best suited for novice or beginner anglers, we are confident that intermediate and advanced anglers stand a good chance to land an 8-15 pound specimen. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip!
JG with another golden slab... Photo: Steven Winkles
Kevin and Sam with a morning double!
Attack from the back - Paul Fischer with a solid rainbow!
Bernard's big bow... photo: Marcus McGuire
Darrell Murphy - the hopper strikes again! Photo: Paul Bloch
The fish are still looking up on the Yellowstone and taking dries. Hoppers and chubbies have been standard fare for a while now but ants and smaller dries are starting to become a staple on the menu as well. You have to be patient when the bigger fish come up, we’ve seen lots of people pull the fly out of the fish’s mouth too early. A little micro twitch right at the correct moment has been key to initiate a strike on the larger fish. There have been plenty of 8-14″ fish that are more eager to eat and we have been seeing a lot of these rise in the riffles and inside foam lines. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Roy MacDowell having some fun on one of the private lakes. Photo: John Bond
There are still some heavy callibaetis hatches on local on private lakes as well. Hoppers have been working as well, especially if there is a little bit of a breeze to help blow a couple naturals in. Give us a call if you’d like to enjoy the day on one of the lakes! 1-406-222-7130.
The A-TEAM van awaits the getaway from Truitt Ellis & JB's river robbery... Photo: Matt Wiggins
The Yellowstone is fishing well with fish still looking up. Hoppers have been the name of the game, with a variety of droppers, either dry or sub-surface. CFS (currently 3180) and water temps (averaging 66°) are hanging in there nicely, we are expecting the river to continue to fish well through the end of August on into september. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Matthew Wiggins with another streamer eater... Photo: Truitt Ellis
Janet Lee with a lower river rainbow... Photo: John Bond
Jed's not dead... Photo: Mitch Werbell
Julie Berggren and PB with a solid rainbow. Photo: Coleen Howes
The Yellowstone continues to fish well, especially with dries. Ants, hoppers, mayflies, spruce moths, caddis, and other attractors have been working. If you are looking for a nymph dropper most folks have been going with a small beadhead over a rubberleg. Dead drifting streamers has also been productive, especially with a small nymph behind it. Give us a call to book a trip! 406-222-7130.
Audie Berggren and Marcus McGuire getting things done nicely...
Dick Luechterfeld with a sweet brownie... Photo: Ashby Bell
Local and private lakes are still fishing hot as well...
Local and private (rod fee) lakes have still been fishing well. There are still callibaetis on the water, usually starting around 10:00 or so in the morning. Damsels, leeches, scuds, and beadheads have all been working but it has been the most fun to catch them on hoppers…
Siljia with a nice eclipse fish... Photo: John Bond
Richard and Samuel Case with a Eclipse brown! Photo: Hank Bechard